Fruits

The Future of Farming: Over-the-row cherry harvester

Farmers have the same goal: harvest the highest quality fruit in the most efficient way. When it comes to cherries, it’s not the easiest task, but the way the fruit is picked continues to evolve.Don... more »

BREAKING: Northwest Michigan assesses storm impact

Agricultural businesses were busy assessing storm damage Aug. 3 to orchards and packinghouses following strong thunderstorms overnight in the Grand Traverse region of northwestern Michigan.Tom Berg, director of marketing for the Shoreline Fruit cooperative of... more »

New York Apple Growers unveils new organization name

After their recent launch of the SnapDragon and RubyFrost apple varieties, New York Apple Growers (NYAG) has changed its name to Crunch Time Apple Growers. The organization is comprised of 145 grower members who are... more »

ReTain Plant Growth Regulator now registered with double application

Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced today that ReTain Plant Growth Regulator has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a new label use that allows pome fruit growers to make a second ReTain application... more »

Stemilt awards $37,500 in college scholarships

Stemilt Growers is helping send six students to college this fall through its participation inWashington Apple Education Foundation’s (WAEF) scholarship program. The company awarded over $37,500 in college scholarships in 2015 through WAEF, and its... more »

Storage Control Systems wins UK grant to study SafePod technology

For Jim Schaefer and the Storage Control Systems (SCS) team, business is about much more than the bottom line. Business is about family. “Fruit growers are people persons,” said Schaefer, president of SCS. “They want... more »

Ground truthing technology utilizes sensors to determine crop trends

Agriculture today has transformed into a high-tech enterprise that most 20th century farmers might barely recognize. Alex Thomasson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, said it was only 100 years ago... more »

Fruit Crop Guesstimate shows winter’s impact

Coming off back-to-back winters that challenged Michigan growers, industry leaders gathered June 24 to guess the size of 2015’s fruit crops. “We’ve experienced two harsh winters in a row and we’re also continuing to experience... more »

Marketing order approval could boost cranberry promotion

In light of considerable market turmoil in the U.S. cranberry industry in recent years, Michelle Hogan was a bit surprised when growers recently approved the continuance of the industry’s federal marketing order. Hogan, newly appointed... more »

USDA broadens crop insurance options for fruit producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of crop insurance to provide additional options for fruit and nut producers. The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion are... more »

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